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Record number of visitors flock to Wymondham Abbey’s duck race

PUBLISHED: 08:03 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:30 19 April 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

More ducks than ever before were launched into the Rover Tiffey as part of Wymondham Abbey’s annual duck race.

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Organiser Joyce Reynolds said Monday’s race was a quacking success, with up to 400 people flocking to the river to sponsor a duck and soak up the family atmosphere.

Mrs Reynolds said there were 15 duck races and each had 100 ducks.

Each race was sponsored by a different business from the town. She said: “It was the best duck race we’ve ever had with more people than ever. As well as the race, there was an Easter bonnet competition, a barbecue going all day, ice-cream, face-painting and stalls with all kinds of things for sale.

“It was a brilliant day and we raised more than we ever had.”

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Proceeds will help to pay for the upkeep of the town’s historic abbey.

A music group called The Old Farts entertained visitors.

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham'S annual duck race.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Wymondham'S annual duck race. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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